Worldwide Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors 2016 Top 10 Predictions

  • Feb 2016
  • By IDC
  • 9 pages

Worldwide Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors 2016 Top 10 Predictions

  • Feb 2016
  • By IDC
  • 9 pages
This IDC study identifies IDC's top 10 predictions for the worldwide enabling technologies and semiconductor market for 2016. These predictions will be particularly relevant to clients in executive management, strategic management, and product management roles.According to Les Santiago, research director in IDC's Enabling Technologies research practice, "With a challenging 2016 in store for the semiconductor industry due to the maturation of its traditional drivers such as smartphones and PCs, semiconductor vendors need to be addressing the growth drivers presented by the new opportunities in the cloud, automobiles, and IoT sectors while rightsizing their current businesses to adapt to the new slower growth environment. The right partnerships and/or acquisitions and the ability to navigate to the new paradigm being promoted by the Chinese government's $50-100 billion war chest will be critical to a semiconductor vendor's success in 2016."


In This Study

Situation Overview

Future Outlook

1. Semiconductor Revenue Growth Will Be Flat to Slightly Negative in 2016, Driven by the Saturation of Smartphones Worldwide, Declining PC Sales, and Memory Pricing Pressure

2. China Will Be One of the Most Important Wild Cards in the Semiconductor Industry in 2016 as It Deploys a War Chest of Billions of Dollars to Build Its Chip-Making Prowess via JVs/Acquisitions

3. NAND Oversupply Will Negatively Impact NAND Pricing, Leading to Aggressive SSD Price Declines, Which Will Help Drive Higher SSD Attach Rates in the Client and Enterprise Markets

4. Carriers Will Begin Upgrading Their Networks in 2016 to Specifically Accommodate IoT Traffic, Starting with Cat-1 Technology in 2016 and Moving to LTE-M Solutions in 2017 and 2018

5. The Coexistence of ZigBee and Thread May Become a Reality in 2016 and, If Achieved, Will Drive Adoption of Wireless Personal Access Network Technology, Especially in the Smart Home

6. Multiple Semiconductor Vendors Will Bring Out Vision Processing Solutions in 2016 to Address a Range of Consumer IoT, Automotive, and Other Applications

7. HDD Suppliers Will Focus on Industry Profitability by Attempting to Slow HDD Price-per-Gigabyte Declines, Especially Enterprise HDD Price-per-Gigabyte Declines, But Face Several Challenges

8. Features of the Connected Car, Which Began Primarily as Luxuries, Will Move Solidly into the Midmarket in 2016 and into Economy Models in the United States and Parts of Europe

9. The Ramp of 4G Deployments in India Will Pick Up Steam in 2016, Catalyzed by the Launch/Expansion of 4G Services by Reliance Jio

10. 25Gbps Ethernet Switch Silicon Will Ramp in 2016

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